Mike Newell To Helm “One and Only Ivan”

Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Four Weddings and Funeral”) has signed on to direct the film adaptation of “The One and Only Ivan” for Disney Pictures.

Based on Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning 2011 novel and adapted by Mike White (“School of Rock”), the story follows a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob.

Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner. Allison Shearmur (“Cinderella,” “Rogue One”) is producing.

Source: Heat Vision